Houston Holistic Nutrition Programs
Although there aren't many schools in the Houston area that offer holistic nutrition programs, there are a few schools that offer nutrition degree options. Explore the coursework topics and internship opportunities at the two universities below. Also take a look at the statistics table to get additional details -- ranging from tuition rates to campus settings -- on the schools.
- With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, the University of Houston is the larger of the two schools. This public research university is located about five miles from the city's center and offers a minor, a bachelor's degree in human nutrition and a master's degree in nutrition.
- Prairie View A&M University is a four-year, public university situated about 48 miles from downtown Houston in Prairie View. Students can complete a bachelor's degree program in dietetics.
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Comparison of Schools
Compare the costs, enrollment numbers, acceptance rates and more for the profiled universities. This table contains facts and figures on these and several other factors that might influence your choice on where to study nutrition.
|University of Houston||Prairie View A&M University|
|School Type||Four-year, public||Four-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||45,364*||9,219*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Distant town|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $9,706 for in-state students
$22,066 for out-of-state students*
| $9,959 for in-state students
$23,488 for out-of-state students*
|% of First-Year, Full-time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||85%*||95%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||61%*||79%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||85% for full-time students*||71% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who began in 2011)||54%*||35%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Houston
The University of Houston's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers an undergraduate degree program, a graduate degree program and a minor in nutrition. All nutrition programs are offered through the school's Health and Human Performance Department.
Human Nutrition and Food Studies Minor
To earn a minor in human nutrition and food studies, students must complete 15 hours of coursework in subjects such as human nutrition, community nutrition and public policy in nutrition.
Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods
There are three different tracks leading to a bachelor's degree in human nutrition and foods. One track is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which is part of the larger organization, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). This accredited program prepares students to enter supervised practice programs, complete the Registration Examination and begin entry-level careers as dieticians. The nutritional sciences track is designed to prepare students to enter post-graduate degree programs. A nutrition and fitness track is also available.
Master of Science in Nutrition
The Master of Science (MS) program can prepare students for employment in a variety of settings, including health departments and research universities. Students must complete 36 credit hours of nutrition coursework. Up to six of these credit hours can be earned through an internship program. This program is offered as a non-thesis online degree.
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University's College of Agriculture and Human Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree program in dietetics through its Department of Agriculture, Nutrition & Human Ecology.
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
The dietetics degree program meets the requirements set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). Students enrolled in this program must complete 120 credit hours. Coursework includes a core curriculum, human nutrition and food courses, electives and support area courses, in areas such as psychology, chemistry and mathematics. After completion of this program, students may apply for the Dietetic Internship Program and then register for the Registration Examination.